Saturday, October 20, 2007
Fenway Park – Boston, Massachusetts
Fausto Carmona vs Curt Schilling
8:00 PM EST

I’m not going to break this thing down with any kind of statistical analysis or anything like that. Mostly, because none of it really matters at this point. All that matters is which pitcher steps up to the challenge and is able to deliver a performance as large as the stage on which this game will be played. What does Curt Schilling think about this?

“There’s always fear. I mean, I’m scared to death to go out and fail tomorrow. I’m terrified of letting my teammates down and the fan base down and this organization down because they’re counting on me to survive, and get past another day,” he said. “I’m scared to death to not do well, but I’m also very cognizant of the fact that fear is something that has always driven me, always pushed me.”

In other words, Schilling is ready for this. He was born for this. Nobody loves seeing themselves the center of attention more than Curt Schilling. And for his part, what does Carmona think about pitching tonight?

“I’ve got a lot of faith in myself and the club that we’re going to play a nice game and a good game Saturday. I hope we come out of this game victorious and I’m looking forward to my next start.”

So, if we’re to read this right, Carmona (he of the famous Fenway Meltdown last season and who looked absolutely terrified of Boston’s hitters in Game 2) is the confident one and Schilling (he of the 9-2 postseason record with a career 2.92 ERA and two World Series titles) is the scared one. Hmm, I’m not so sure about that. I think both men are saying the exact opposite of what they are really feeling and thinking inside. And that, combined with the fact that I can’t watch the game tonight, is why my prediction is not a happy one.

Boston takes this one 6-2 and extends the series to a mind-numbing seventh and deciding game tomorrow night. Cleveland is about to experience another dose of disappointment and heartbreak….Hey, if Schilling and Carmona can try reverse psychology, so can I….woe is me, woe are we.